Online and Telephone Support Groups

Online Support Groups for Depression: Benefits and Barriers

This mixed-methods study aimed to explore the initial process of engagement with an online support group (OSG) for depression.

Online support groups: An overlooked resource for patients

Summary: Online support groups: history, research, and sources

Starting a Health Support Group Information Booklet

This booklet has been developed to provide information and guidance to people who are planning to start up a Health Support Group or who are already in a leadership position within an existing support group. It is also useful for all support group membership. If a support group that meets your needs is not available, then this booklet provides all the information you need to set one up yourself. Research shows that people who have health conditions can benefit hugely from being able to share their own experience and interact with others who understand because they are in a similar situation. Being part of a support group provides opportunities not only to gain support, but also to help others.

DBSA SUPPORT GROUPS: An Important Step on the Road to Wellness

With more than 21 million people in the United States living with depression or bipolar disorder, individuals with these conditions need not feel alone. In DBSA support groups, people with mood disorders and those who care about them can share experiences, discuss wellness skills, and offer hope to one another.

Staying Safe during the Coronavirus

Staying Safe during the Coronavirus

Staying Safe during the Coronavirus (SPANISH)

Staying Safe during the Coronavirus (SPANISH)

Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic ASAM COVID-19 Task Force Recommendations

To provide guidance to addiction treatment providers and programs to support access and participation in support groups and recovery activities to mitigate risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Social Media and Substance Use: What Should We Be Recommending to Teens and Their Parents?

Editorial Social Media and Substance Use: What Should We Be Recommending to Teens and Their Parents? With social media increasingly integrated into the lives of today’s teenagers, there are two urgent needs: for further research on online exposure to substance use and for clear recommendations to mental health practitioners, adolescents, and parents about the need to assess and monitor teens’ online exposure to substance use.

Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Americans are required to stay home to protect themselves and their communities. However, the home may not be safe for many families who experience domestic violence, which may include both intimate partners and children. COVID-19 has caused major economic devastation, disconnected many from community resources and support systems, and created widespread uncertainty and panic. Such conditions may stimulate violence in families where it didn’t exist before and worsen situations in homes where mistreatment and violence has been a problem. Violence in the home has an overall cost to society, leading to potentially adverse physical and mental health outcomes, including a higher risk of chronic disease, substance use, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and risky sexual behaviors.1 Further, victims of domestic violence including intimate partner abuse and child abuse are at great risk for injuries including death.

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